‘Modern Family’ leads SAG Awards TV nominations with four

The SAG Awards nominations were announced Wednesday morning, and ABC’s sitcom “Modern Family” leads all TV programs with four nominations. Not far behind were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” and “House of Cards” with three nods apiece. (Click here for the complete list of SAG film and TV nominations.)

Modern Family” earned repeat nominations for Best TV Comedy Ensemble, Best Comedy Actor (Ty Burrell, who won last year), and Best Comedy Actress (Julie Bowen). But earning an additional Comedy Actor bid was Eric Stonestreet, who has been nominated twice before but was snubbed last year. The “Modern Family” cast has won Best Comedy Ensemble four years in a row.

Boardwalk Empire” earned three bids for its farewell season: Best Drama Ensemble (which it won in 2010 and 2011), Best Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi, who also won in 2010 and 2011), and Best TV Stunt Ensemble.

Game of Thrones” earned nominations in the same three categories: Drama Ensemble, Drama Actor (Peter Dinklage), and TV Stunt Ensemble. “Thrones” has won the Stunt award for the last three years in a row.

Homeland” is nominated for Best Drama Ensemble, Best Drama Actress (Claire Danes, who won in 2012), and Best TV Stunt Ensemble.

House of Cards” is up for Best Drama Ensemble as well, and both of its lead stars picked up acting nominations: Kevin Spacey for Best Drama Actor and Robin Wright for Best Drama Actress.

2012 Best Drama Ensemble winner “Downton Abbey” returns to that top race. Its scene-stealing star Maggie Smith is also up for Best Drama Actress again after winning last year.

Rounding out the dramatic contenders, HBO’s anthology “True Detective” picked up a pair of Drama Actor bids for its leading men Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. And three women picked up the lone nominations for their shows in the Drama Actress contest: Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder“), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife“), and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“).

Picking up two nods in the comedy races was “Orange is the New Black,” which was snubbed completely last year when it competed as a drama. This year, it’s up for Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actress (Uzo Aduba).

The Big Bang Theory” was also nominated twice, picking up bids for Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actor (Jim Parsons). The series has yet to win a SAG Award in any category.

Veep” is also a double nominee, returning to the same categories where it earned bids last year: Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Louis-Dreyfus is the defending champion in her race.

Also nominated for Comedy Actor are Louis C.K. (“Louie“) and William H. Macy (“Shameless“), while Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“) return to the Comedy Actress lineup.

HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” and “The Normal Heart” are the top contenders among movies and miniseries, receiving two apiece. “Olive” received acting nods for its two stars, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, while “Normal Heart” also showed up in both acting races with Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo.

Also nominated for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor are Adrien Brody (“Houdini“), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: His Last Vow“), and Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo“). And also in contention for Movie/Miniseries Actress are Ellen Burstyn (“Flowers in the Attic“), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honourable Woman“), and Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful“).

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